Herr, lehre doch mich, daß ein Ende mit mir haben muß, und mein Leben ein Ziel hat, und ich davon muß. Siehe, meine Tage sind einer Hand breit vor dir, und mein Leben ist wie nichts vor dir. Ach, wie gar nichts sind alle.
In Exodus, an enslaved people has been freed by an omnipotent God. This is a Superhero God who hears the cries of his people and responds in a Superhero Way. The adversary is brought to his knees by miraculous signs: a staff is turned.
The story of Naaman, the commander of the Syrian king’s army seeking a cure for his leprosy, is about a well-off man looking for a solution to his biggest problem, not a new religion. He comes from a society that treats lepers as regular.
For me, a recent blizzard-induced travel delay seemed like the perfect Lenten analogy and ultimately provided a wonderful meditation about the season and God’s promise. Like many other Washingtonians, winter storm Jonas derailed my best-laid plans, leaving me frustrated, uncertain and anxious. After attending.
Unfinished Business Some years ago, a friend was gravely injured in a freak accident. She was taken to the hospital where she died the next day, without ever regaining consciousness. I later heard that her devastated partner, arriving at the hospital, said simply, “There.